‘We Weren’t Born Tomorrow’ combines past and present through photos, movement

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Candice Pike, right, and Tara Manuel are shown in a scene from “We Weren’t Born Tomorrow,” a show using photographs, movement, dance, juggling and object manipulation that Pike will stage on Saturday at the Corner Brook Arts and Culture Centre.

Looking through old photographs of her grandparents when they were younger and hearing stories about the couple sparked an idea in Candice Pike.

“I thought, ‘Oh, what if I was actually in that world?,’” the Corner Brook dancer said.

Using digital technology Pike realized it’s possible to change those photos so she could do just that.

From that realization came “We Weren’t Born Tomorrow,” a show using photographs, movement, dance, juggling and object manipulation that Pike will stage Saturday at the Corner Brook Arts and Culture Centre.

“When we look at a photograph we don’t just see that photograph, we see the whole world around it,” she said. “That’s kind of where the idea came from as I was interacting in that environment and exploring that through movement.

“We’ll set up a scene where we establish a thing that actually exists in my memory, a memory that I have of being with my grandparents,” she said. “Then we’ll see a photo projected and kind of magic video things will happen and somehow I will be in the photo with them.”

That will then be used as a jumping-off point for exploring what that scene is in terms of movement.

One such scene involves James Burke, a juggler from St. John’s, in the role of Pike’s grandfather. Burke had done a workshop here with Dance NL that Pike had organized and did a piece on juggling hats.

Her grandfather was sick at the time and Pike was thinking a lot about him and his old stories.

“One of his first jobs was working in a clothing store, steaming hats back into the right shape. And I thought this is just perfect for the show, that he can do a number with hats that would kind of help tell that story.”

While Pike has worked on a number of productions, this is her first big project of her own.

“It’s exciting, and terrifying and it feels right to be stepping into this at this point in my career,” she said.

Besides Pike and Burke, the show features Tara Manuel, Jason Wells, Alex Brake, Hannah Ford and Ahlyah Randell.

The show is also is tied to a bigger ongoing artistic project Pike is working on called “Photographs I Used to Know,” which encourages people to share their own stories of their grandparents and to imagine what it would be like to have known them in the past.

Following the performance a reception will be held where the Corner Brook Museum and Archives will do some projections of old photos of Corner Brook and display some artifacts. Pike is hoping that audience members will stick around and share their own stories.

Funded by the Newfoundland and Labrador Arts Council and the Corner Brook Arts and Culture Centre, “We Weren’t Born Tomorrow” will be on stage at the Arts and Culture centre at 8 p.m. Saturday.

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Organizations: Corner Brook Museum, Newfoundland and Labrador Arts Council

Geographic location: Corner Brook

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